I apologize for my blog absence as of late. It has been a busy start to the fall with a 2 week vacation in Greece (blog post forthcoming), city events, and the like. I finally had the chance to go through the Spring Ready to Wear collections with my coffee this morning which gave me a fashion high I haven’t had in quite some time - except when flipping through the September issue of Vogue - aka The Bible.
A few things I noticed in my first pass through is that a lot of the fashion that has become more and more popular in 2012 such as peplum, jewel tones, pastels, mint green, and lace are definitely holding on through next year. The collections were gorgeous and enjoyable, but not exactly imaginative or pushing into a new style frenzy like the fall collections normally do. That being said let’s discuss my not-so-favorite lines.
Balmain was a bit of a disappointment for me. Very 80’s and not in the good way…though is there really anything good that came out of 80’s fashion? Marc Jacobs was also a ‘meh’ moment for me. The play on stripes screamed BEETLEJUICE BEETLEJUICE BEETLEJUICE. Anyone?!
Now for the good material:
Burberry Prorsum did what they do best - outerwear perfection. Who doesn’t want a lace trench? The jewel tones, metallic, lace, and brights kept me smiling through every look.
Elie Saab also continued with their strengths. I love when designers find a perfect niche and remain loyal to what they do best. Obviously they will need to change it up at some point, but who would want to say goodbye to the dripping jewel dresses, lace overlay, and structural perfection? The main colors were cobalt (thank god - because I have way too much cobalt in my closet for it to go out of style), turquoise, one playful pattern shown below, white, red, and black.
Dries Van Noten pushed the envelope a bit as they usually do. There was an obvious playful 90’s feel to the collection. Plenty of plaid, over-sized pants, and floral made me feel like Nirvana got a makeover. Overall I enjoyed it.
This Christian Dior look was one of my favorites of the collections. I love the sheer black, the stiff floral skirt and metallic shoes. It is put together so flawlessly.
Chanel played with the classic tweed and pearls from decades of Chanel collections. There were many strapless shift dresses that are such a statement but delicate at the same time.
It is my insane and completely inaccurate belief that Helmut Lang clothes are designed for me and only me - the draping, the length, the dark palette. It is minimalist perfection defined. I currently own two Helmut Lang dresses and they are both star pieces in my wardrobe. I only wish the wallet was a bit thicker to handle this designer obsession.
In my 27 years of existence I’ve heard quite a few ‘always’ and ‘never’s’. You know, when mothers, cousins, bosses, and strangers on the street feel the need to lecture you or tell you certain facts of life that you would be doomed without. What you should always and never do. What is true about growing up, and wrong to do to succeed in life. Today I would like to correct some of what I’ve been told over the years.
“Marriage changes everything”. False. This is usually coming from a mix of happily married couples, divorced couples, single cat-ladies, and everyone else you know – especially when you’re about to get married. Here is my correction: Marriage doesn’t change everything, having children does. I do not have children. I am married. Granted we are newlyweds, I’m not saying I’m some wise married person that has kept a marriage going for (insert large number) of years. But what I’ve come to realize is that the people that usually tell you “marriage changes everything” have had children and have seen the difficulties this brings to a marriage. I want kids some day, and I know that this will mold my marriage and we would grow into something different than we were in the years we dated, were engaged or newlyweds. Marriage itself should change nothing. You should be just as happy, committed and enthralled with each other as when you were while engaged or dating. Yes the financial, religious, housekeeping, ‘to have kids or not’, family conversations can be big and stressful, but quite frankly you should not be getting married if you can’t handle those to begin with. Nothing drove me battier than everyone saying, “marriage changes everything” in the days leading up to my wedding…that’s neat…thanks.
“You can never wear white after Labor Day” False. I’ve written an entire blog post with photo examples of how insanely untrue this is (see here). I want to trip the person who first said this. I won’t blab on about this because of my old explanation.
“Red and pink clash”. Another false one. I have to admit that in the 90’s and early 00’s I may have agreed with this, but the last few years “clashing” has become all the rage. We used to be tied down to matchy-matchy and I’m pleased to see how fashion has burst out of that shell. Mixing floral patterns together, stripes and polka dots, etc. it’s everywhere! Red and pink has always been a little Valentine’s Day vomited everywhere, but the women who have accomplished the colors in fashion have done so impeccably. Michelle Williams and Emma Stone have taken red and pink by storm.
4. “You can’t help who you fall in love with”. Whoever says this is usually an immature person dating someone wildly inappropriate. I’m well aware that I said this at some point when I was 18 and dating a guy I could never bring to Thanksgiving. Here’s the thing ladies (not be sexist but let’s face facts), yes you can. Life is made up of choices. If you choose to be with an idiot - that is your choice, and it is quite the cop-out to blame it on love. Love is amazing and wonderful when it happens, but you can choose to be with someone that is healthy for you, and a true partner in life, on top of giving you fireworks and butterflies.
If the sentence “No man is as perfect as…” ends with, “Edward Cullen” or “Christian Grey”, you should not only lock yourself in your room because no one should be friends with you, but also stop reading Us Weekly as your news source. Do I even need to get into this? You’re basing your expectations on a man that wants to eat you and watches you while you sleep, or on a man that actually wants to beat you – for fun. Don’t get me wrong; both of those series are fun escapes from reality. They’re entertaining and ridiculous, but that is all they should ever be. Enough said.
That’s all for today. Feel free to give me more material with something you were told all your life that you’re sick of hearing as truth.
“Moats & boats & waterfalls,
alley ways and pay phone calls,
I’ve been everywhere with you
We laugh until we think we’ll die,
barefoot on a summer night
Nothin’ new is sweeter than with you
And in the streets we’re running
free like it’s only you and me
Geez, you’re somethin’ to see.
Let me come Home
Home is wherever I’m with you.”—Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros